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Comment Dated May 7, 2008


ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING

Sure enough, with the predictability of religious fanatics who see every human calamity as divine wrath meted out for sin and depravity, we're being told that Global Warming caused the disastrous cyclone in Burma. Take a moment to study the computer models that are the sole source of the claims driving all the hysteria. While they fail to predict the present climate from the known data of recent decades, and differ in the degree to which they show a continuing rise of world temperature since 1998, when it in fact leveled out and has started to decline, one thing they all agree on is that the warming attributed to increasing carbon dioxide (which has continued to increase, showing that the assumption built into the models that this must result in warming is wrong), will occur mainly in the higher latitudes and mostly in winter--which would be pretty good news for people who live in places like northern Canada and Siberia, and Scandinavia.

The principal mechanism for producing storms, hurricanes, and the like is the temperature difference between polar and equatorial regions, creating winds that redistribute energy around the planet. That's why storms are more frequent and more violent in the hemisphere having its winter season. A direct consequence of the warmer-winter predictions that all the models make is that storms should be fewer and milder as a result of such a warming pattern. But from Hurricane Katrina and before, that doesn't prevent the zealots from proclaiming every natural disaster that makes headlines a proof of their theory, even when it turns out to be a direct contradiction of it.

Now we're being told that the halt in warming and commencement of cooling that can no longer be denied doesn't mean that warming isn't happening; it's just being hidden by the natural cycle that the modelers had consigned to insignificance. But the warming will definitely resume after, take your pick, 10, 15, 20 years--it's job security and continued funding either way--based on no evidence apart from the same models that got everything wrong before but are still being used to scare the public and justify massive hikes in taxes and the price of everything. When a theory can be invoked to explain anything, everything, and its opposite, it isn't a theory at all but an impervious ideology for which the appellation "science" becomes a joke.

Or as FrontPage Magazine succinctly puts it: "The bottom line of global warming--and that is why so many are behind it--is that its many vested interests are on the verge of a financial and political bonanza, something that scientific facts and climatic realities are likely only to spoil."

For a hilarious collection of various effects and incidents that have been blamed on Global Warming, see the U.K. "Warmlist" site at http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/warmlist.htm